Quality Sleep Success
Regular quality sleep is important for daily functioning, health, and learning. According to the WebMD Sleep Guide, babies up to about one-year-old need around 15 hours a day of sleep. By the time they reach 12 years old that can be reduced to around 8 or 9 hours per night.
Establishing a good bedtime routine is critical to providing the necessary sleeping schedule for your child.
Turn Off Electronics
Turn off all electronics at least on half to one hour before bedtime. Make this “mellow time” for your kids. Set “mellow time” rules and make sure that everyone knows them. Rules might include no physical play, quiet reading or activity, light music, conversation. Make it suitable for your family.
Have your children bathe and change into their pajamas prior to or during “mellow time”.
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If you eat dinner early in the evening it is appropriate to give your child a light snack before bed. A snack of cheese and crackers or peanut butter on toast or a cup of yogurt with fruit are all good snacks. This will sustain them through the night. Avoid sugary snacks like cookies or sugar-coated cereals. This can be done during “mellow time”.
Bed Time Established
Bed time should be the same time every night. Take a moment to count how many hours your child will need to sleep and make sure that you put them to bed early enough that they can actually get the proper number. Refer to the WebMD sleep guide.
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Temperature of the Room
Make sure their room is the proper temperature and that there are no hard toys in their bed. Bedrooms should be free of distractions and electronic devices. A white noise machine can be turned on or a gentle fan for noise and air circulation if necessary. If you want to warm their bed first in the winter with an electric mattress pad or blanket you can do that while they are brushing their teeth. Just make sure that you turn it off before they go to bed.
Keep Them In THEIR Bed
If small children are waking during the night it is important for them to learn to fall back to sleep on their own. Many children try to manipulate their parents into sleeping with them or engaging with them in the middle of the night. If your child is healthy and well and there are no urgent or medical reasons to engage with them, you should allow them time to fall back to sleep on their own. Going in to a demanding child only exacerbates sleeping problems and sets up unhealthy sleep patterns.
Time to Wake Up
Part of healthy sleeping patterns include getting up on time. Even on the weekends you should do your best to maintain the bed time routine. Of course there are exceptions but it makes it much more difficult to return to the routine if exceptions become the rule.
This routine can be somewhat flexible as your children get older but remember that teenagers need routine and good sleeping habits just as young children do. Good sleeping and bedtime routines for your entire family, no matter what age, is a good foundation for health and well being.